Victorian Thief Steals World War II Medals From 91-Year-Old, Leaves Poo

A thief has stolen 9 war medals from an elderly Victorian man and left behind faeces.

Police say the 91-year-old returned to the Frankston house in Melbourne’s southeast last week to find his home had been ransacked, and the World War II medals gone.

The medals included MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) and citation awards.

Detectives believe the house was burgled between July 8 and 10.

Other things missing included a substantial amount of cash, jewellery and an army uniform.

“Detectives also believe the offender defecated at the side of the house and used some of the stolen clothing to clean themselves,” police said in a statement on July 16.



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Trooper Milardo to Retire as Haddam Resident State Trooper

By Kathy Brown.

1998 Milardo with his first assigned cruiser

As of October 1, 2019, Haddam Resident State Trooper Enrico “Rico” Milardo will be retiring from the Connecticut State Police, but continuing in law enforcement as a Police Constable for the town of Westbrook. Milardo, born and raised in the Middletown area, has been Haddam’s Resident Trooper since 2010. He became a State Trooper in 1998, after volunteering as a Middletown Police Auxiliary Officer for three years. Prior to becoming Haddam’s trooper, he served both Troop K and then Troop F.

While in the State Police Academy, Trooper Milardo received 1400 hours of classroom training, including accident reconstruction and investigation, penal code, criminal investigation, DUI investigation training and certification, conflict resolution, firearms training, self defense, patrol techniques, and report writing. It also included many hours of physical conditioning, water rescue, and emergency vehicle driving. Troopers also have annual requalification training in firearms, Taser training, basic emergency medical, and other areas. Trooper Milardo has also been a certified D.A.R.E instructor since 2011.

Trooper Milardo received an Exemplary Service Award from the Hartford Police Department in 2001, and Unit citation Awards in 2001, 2004, and 2010. He received the Meritorious Service Award for assisting in the capture of two suspects involved in an Old Saybrook robbery incident in 2013, that led to the shooting and wounding of a state police detective. He has also been a Connecticut State Police Field Training Officer since 2003.

Troopers Milardo (l) and Connelly (r)

I would like to thank Trooper Milardo for all of his hard work and dedication to the town,” said First Selectman Lizz Milardo. “He will be missed.”

While in Haddam, Trooper Milardo was involved in Haddam-Killingworth Youth & Family Services, and the Healthy Communities/Healthy Kids Coalition, which is a collaborative effort to control underage drinking. He was also involved with the Juvenile Review Board, which is an alternative to the Juvenile Justice System. The main objective of the JRB is to provide an alternative for juveniles age 16 and under who are in conflict at home, in school, in the community, or are first time offenders.

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Officer Milardo is one of those people who ‘gets’ people,” said Laurie Ruderfer, the Executive Director of Youth & Family Services of H-K since the summer of 2018. “Over the past year we have had benefit of his presence at events to the benefit of our agency (Pumpkin Run, Dodgeball), the community (Drug Take Back Day) and individual families (Holiday-Stuff-a-Cruiser) and he has been an active and key member of our Juvenile Review Board/JRB.” She went on to say, “He has been our go-to source for information that pertains to the laws and protections as they apply to youth and families and has consistently demonstrated the unique role of the Resident State Trooper at bringing youth, families, and the entire community, together.  I personally want to thank him for the welcome he extended to me over this past year and for his wise counsel. Westbrook is lucky to get him—he will be missed.”

Resident Troopers respond to a wide range of calls ranging from cyber crimes and identity theft to domestic disturbances, from motor vehicle accidents to residential and commercial alarms, to burglaries and assaults, robberies and larcenies, and vandalism. They conduct traffic enforcement, direct traffic during special events, patrol town residential and business areas, conduct community events such as a mock car accident at Haddam Killingworth High School each May, educate high school students of the dangers of alcohol during prom season, public presentations, and conduct under-age drinking enforcement patrols in conjunction with the Healthy Communities/Heathy Kids Coalition.

“Rico is a critical member of the high school team,” said Interim Superintendent, Holly Hageman. “We regularly communicate about students of concern, in a collaborative effort to keep kids on track.  He is also our “go to” resource for event coverage. Not only does he never need guidance on where we need him; he brings humor and camaraderie to the sidelines as well.

It is quite common for Rico to take time out of his day to have a conversation with a student about how their choices will positively (or negatively) impact their life path. He does this in a direct, but supportive way that is “unofficial business” but is highly effective in reaching teens at a crossroads.

Rico has always been quick to respond when I needed his input or an official police action. He is always a text or phone call away and there are no “days off” when it comes to the safety of our kids. One of the best examples of this happened a few years ago when one of our students was the target of an online predator. The situation was incredibly serious and, having contacted Rico the moment after I learned of the danger to one of our girls, he and I partnered together to get between the perpetrator and HK. Rico worked quickly with the state police in a mid-western state and within hours the perpetrator was arrested, his computer confiscated. His quick work saved one young girl from the potentially far-reaching damage of an online attack.

While I am so happy for Rico in his retirement, his departure is a tremendous loss for our school community!”

Trooper Milardo with the HVFC at the 2018 Durham Fair

“When Trooper Milardo told me about his retirement, I knew that it was a great move for him — but it would be an incredible loss to the community,” said Haddam Volunteer Fire Company Chief, Sam Baber. “Milardo’s knowledge, acumen, and progressive thinking have benefited the Haddam community as a whole. Haddam Fire will greatly miss the camaraderie and interactions with him.”

Resident Troopers also handle numerous administrative office duties including finger printing for town residents seeking employment or pistol permits, preparing arrest warrant applications during criminal investigations, completing motor vehicle accident and criminal investigation reports, filing, and applying for grants. “Some criminal investigations can be very challenging,” said Trooper Milardo. “But I still found it rewarding and satisfying whenever I solved a crime.”

“It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with Trooper Milardo,” said Trooper First Class Joe DeAngelo, Haddam’s other Resident Trooper. “During his 20 plus year career, he has gathered significant insight into what makes a State Trooper effective and how the Resident Trooper program has an intimate and direct impact on the towns that we serve. I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked alongside him.”

“My favorite part of being a Resident Trooper in the town of Haddam was that you get to know many of the residents, which fosters better understanding and trust,” said Trooper Milardo. “Haddam is a close knit community where people look out for each other, which is an asset to the Resident Troopers.”

“I will miss seeing all the friends I have made professionally and personally over the last 10 years in Haddam, Higganum, and Haddam Neck, as well as Regional School District 17, who have been extremely supportive to me and the Connecticut State Police,” said Trooper Milardo. “The positive relationship between the HK schools and the state police is very important.”

Trooper DeAngelo will move to day shift, and a new night shift trooper will be chosen for the Haddam Resident Trooper office.

Photos provided by Trooper Milardo, except Durham Fair photo, taken by Kathy Brown.

Edited 9/26/19 to add Holly Hageman’s contribution.



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Ridgefield police captain promoted to major

RIDGEFIELD — A 25-year veteran of the town’s police force was recently promoted from the rank of captain to major.

Shawn Platt was sworn in as the Ridgefield Police Department’s new second-in-command last Friday at town hall.

“I am honored to be given this opportunity and look forward to many years of assisting the chief and our staff in moving the department forward to better serve the community of Ridgefield,” he told Hearst Connecticut Media.

Platt joined the force as a patrol officer in 1996 and worked his way up the ranks.

He was promoted to a youth officer and detective in 2001, patrol sergeant in 2009, patrol lieutenant in 2012 and captain of the professional standards division in 2019. He has also served as commander of the police department’s accident investigation team.

In addition to police work, youth-centered community programs have been a part of Platt’s career.

He started the police department’s Junior Police Academy in 2002, as well as Kids and Cops — a program held in partnership with Ridgefield’s Boys and Girls Club.

Platt has also been recognized as the Ridgefield Police Department’s Officer of the Year and the recipient of its Exceptional Service and Unit citation awards.

Platt has been the recipient of the Ridgefield Police Department’s Exceptional Service and Unit citation awards. He was also named the department’s Officer of the Year in 2004 and its PBA Officer of the Year in 2008.

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AIA Spokane chapter announces architectural design winners

Spokane architects are being recognized for excellence in the annual awards from the Spokane Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

For projects over $5 million, Integrus Architecture won the honor award for its design of the Wenatchee Valley College Music and Arts Center.

NAC Architecture won the merit award for the design of the Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center.

One of two citation awards went to Integrus for Pyrotek Corporate Building, a downtown Spokane building which was renovated from its original 1968 design. The architects stripped the building to its bare bones and brought it back with modern finishes, the judges said.

The other citation award went to NAC Architecture for the Whitworth University Recreation Center.

In projects under $5 million, Uptic Studios was given the merit award for a residence on Park Lane.

The Spokane home is located in a secluded area and is oriented 45 degrees off its street line to take advantage of views. The line between indoors and outdoors is blurred by expansive windows at the same time the window arrangements create privacy.

A citation award went to Prentiss+Balance+Wickline Architects for a tower house at Glen Lake in Michigan. The house was built upward to provide views over the surrounding forest and to reflect the timeless beauty and simple comforts of the area.

Integrus Architecture was given the craftsmanship award for its ability to blend old with new in an addition to the Hixson Union Building on the Whitworth University campus.

The 21,000-square-foot addition provides expanded food service venues and dining options for students. It features a double-height window with views of the adjacent courtyard and the campus’ signature pine trees. Outdoor seating is included.

“Whimsical color, wood paneling and brick are also used to add detail, scale and durability to the space while still providing a warm and inviting atmosphere…” judges said.

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Connecticut State Police promote top command staff

MIDDLETOWN — The Connecticut State Police promoted three troopers to command staff positions during a ceremony this week at the State Police Training Academy in Meriden.

James C. Rovella, commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and Col. Stavros Mellekas, state police commanding officer, formally promoted the troopers during the event, according to a press release.

Lt. Col. John S. Eckersley, former commanding officer of Troop F in Westbrook, was promoted from captain and will lead the Office of Administrative Services. He most recently served as acting commanding officer in the Bureau of Special Investigations.

In more than 29 years as a trooper, Eckersley served as head of the Statewide Narcotics Task Force, in the Auto Theft Unit, Casino Unit and the Eastern District Major Crime Squad. In addition, he has served at Troop K in Colchester. During his career, he earned three medals for meritorious service, a lifesaving award, and five unit citation awards. Eckersley earned his bachelor of science degree from Westfield State College and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

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Clarivate Analytics announces India Research Excellence Awards; AIIMS, IISC and others recognised for research contributions, ET BrandEquity

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An expert panel at the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) took the metrics and qualitative review into consideration to decide on the recipient for each category

Insights and analytics for research and innovation company, Clarivate Analytics has announced the seventh edition of the India Research Excellence – citation Awards.

Since 2004, Clarivate Analytics has presented these awards to identify and recognise the most influential researchers and institutions for their outstanding and pioneering research contribution to the country, the company said on Monday.

The awards ceremony recognised eight individual researchers and eleven institutions for their exemplary research contributions.

The awards were based on indepth analysis conducted on data from the Web of Science citation index and InCites – a research performance and benchmarking tool. Highly cited research publications that imply high impact research published during the period 2012-2018 were an important criterion, among others, for the analysis. An expert panel at the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) took the metrics and qualitative review into consideration to decide on the recipient for each category.

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Arvind Pachhapur, South Asia head, Clarivate Analytics, said, ” the country and the world at large benefits from impactful research that advances the frontiers of knowledge. These awards celebrate the research excellence demonstrated by many outstanding researchers and institutions as captured in Web of Science.”

The individual award recipients are:

Dr. Gautam R. Desiraju, Lifetime Achievement
Dr. Sujit Ghosh, Young Researcher
Dr. Vinod Kumar Gupta, Research Excellence in Natural Sciences
Dr. Anuradha Chowdhary, Research Excellence in Medical and Health Sciences
Dr. Dinesh Mohan, Research Excellence in Engineering and Technology
Dr. Narpinder Singh and Dr. Amritpal Kaur, Research Excellence in Agricultural Sciences
Dr. Vikram Patel, Research Excellence in Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Sciences

The institutional award recipients are:

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Institutions Established over 15 Years
National Institute of Science Education and Research, Institutions Established within 15 Years
Indian Institute of Science, Research Excellence in Natural Sciences
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Research Excellence in Medical and Health Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Research Excellence in Engineering and Technology
Guru Nanak Dev University, Research Excellence in Agricultural Sciences
Indian School of Business, Research Excellence in Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Sciences
Aligarh Muslim University, Central University
Bharathiar University, State University
Vellore Institute of Technology, Deemed or Private University
Christian Medical College Vellore, College – Professional Degree
Loyola College, College – General Degree

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Call for Nominations: 2023 Chancellor’s Citation Awards : UMass Amherst

Submissions for the 2023 Chancellor’s citation Award Nominations are being accepted now through Monday, Feb. 6, by 4 p.m.

Since its inception in 1985, the Chancellor’s citation Awards program has recognized the exemplary service of our staff members, whose skills and efforts help the university meet its goals and objectives. We are now accepting submissions for the 2023 Chancellor’s citation Award Nominations.

When reviewing the nominations, the Chancellor’s citation Award Selection Committee will be looking for examples of original contributions to the University, attainment of high-priority University objectives, exceptional performance, and achievement of significant improvements in productivity or savings in university operations. In keeping with longstanding tradition, the committee will award up to ten individual and two team staff awards in GIC-eligible positions.

The Chancellor’s citation Awards will be presented to the recipients at a ceremony this April.

The deadline to submit an online or in-person nomination is 4 pm on Monday, February 6.

Direct Link: Chancellor’s citation Awards
Paper Forms: Employee Service Center, 325 Whitmore Administration Building
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Three women recognized for life-saving efforts

Three local women credit quick thinking and their CPR training for helping them save a man’s life.

Terry McLachlan and Michele Finnigan of Windsor and Crystal Lynn Scade of Chatham-Kent were presented citizen citation awards Thursday by Windsor Fire and Rescue.

On May 15, McLachlan, Finnigan and Scade sprang into action at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 12 on Brant Street after a 76 year old man started choking.

All three women have CPR training and began doing chest compressions.

Windsor Fire Chief Stephen Laforet says these women went above and beyond.

“All too often we hear stories about people not wanting to get involved or looking the other way, this was not the case,” says Laforet. “Incidents like this, like the one described today, they underscore the value in people knowing how to administer first aid and CPR.”

All three women say they’re not heroes, they’re just pleased this story had a happy ending.

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Westerville Public Library to receive 2021 SustainRT Citation for Wellness in the Workplace

CHICAGO — The Westerville Public Library will be awarded the 2021 SustainRT citation for Wellness in the Workplace in recognition of the great strides the library has made in pay equity for their library workers.

In autumn 2020, the library board passed a new pay range scale that resulted in a 34.80% increase for the lowest pay ranges in the organization starting in the new fiscal year. This citation awards the library’s progress toward meeting the needs of staff and promoting wellness through a commitment to pay equity for library workers. It also helps promote the work done by leaders and provides examples of what can be done to foster staff wellness. 

The new pay range scale consulted pay ranges in similar local industries and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Living Wage Calculator to ensure that even the lowest pay range in the organization provided a living minimum wage for Franklin County, where the Westerville Public Library is located. This new strategy resulted in pay increases for all library staff—but most importantly, the largest increase went to those library workers in the lowest pay ranges. Across the board, staff received a 3% raise, with workers in the lowest pay range receiving a 20.4% increase from the pay range midpoint, as well as an annual raise of 3%, resulting in a 34.8% raise overall from 2020. 

By raising the wages of their workers across the board, the library has not only demonstrated a commitment to fair pay and pay equity, but has also shown library workers that their work is valuable. In addition, during the economic downturn brought on by the pandemic, the Westerville Public Library administration was able to maintain staff salaries by reducing general operating funds by 20%, enacting a hiring freeze, and offering voluntary furloughs for employees not ready to return to work. Instead of cutting library worker wages during a time of financial hardship, the Westerville Public Library chose to expand worker wages. 

SustainRT is pleased to recognize the efforts of Westerville Public Library to address staff wellness and pay equity with the 2021 citation for Wellness in the Workplace. Representatives of the library will receive a plaque from SustainRT in recognition of this achievement at the roundtable’s annual membership meeting during ALA’s Annual Conference.

SustainRT’s citation for Wellness in the Workplace carries on the work begun by ALA Past-President Loida Garcia-Febo with her Presidential citation for Wellness in the Workplace and her commitment to the wellness of library workers. Garcia-Febo says, “As a woman with deep interests in mental and physical health, and the well-being of library workers, wellness is of utmost importance to me. Libraries have the power to help transform lives through efforts promoting wellness. I hope this citation motivates libraries everywhere to support the overall well-being of their staff.” 

For questions or more info, see SustainRT citation for Wellness in the Workplace page or contact SustainRT Coordinator, Casey Conlin

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Brotherhood speaker shares Jewish family photos that survived Nazi concentration camps | News, Sports, Jobs

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Speaking at the annual Lycoming County Brotherhood Banquet is Dr. Ann Weiss, author and director of Eyes from the Ashes Educational Foundation. The awards banquet was held Wednesday at the Genetti in Williamsport.

When she first saw the photos stored in a room at Auschwitz, Ann Weiss said the impact of those images, depicting the lives of the people sent to the Nazi concentration camp only to be annihilated, has lasted a lifetime

Weiss, who was the featured speaker at the 65th annual Lycoming County Brotherhood Alliance banquet, shared some of the photos with those attending the event and entreated people to look into the eyes of the people just going about the normal activities of life — marriages, births, falling in love — never suspecting what the outcome would be.

“Quite simply, they are the photographs Hitler never wanted you to see,” Weiss said.

“You may wonder why — because the Nazis were telling their people that Jews are subhuman. That Jews are vermin. You cannot have photos like these,” she said.

To the people in the Warsaw ghetto, who had bravely, although hopelessly, held off the Nazi Army, they had lied and told them that they could take what they needed to start a new life.

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Receiving awards for their contributions to the community are from left, Paul Nyman, Alyson Creasy, Allen Page, III, John Brink, Ron Insinger, Barry Rake and Rev. Gwen Bernstine. The group represents award recipients for the past three years that were recognized at the 65th Annual Brotherhood Banquet on Wednesday at the Genetti in Williamsport.

“You’re going to go to the east. So men brought what they needed to earn a living, the tools of their trade. Women usually brought pots to cook for their family. Children brought their favorite toys,” Weiss said.

“And virtually everybody brought a photo they couldn’t leave behind,” she added.

The Nazis had intended for all photos that the Jews had brought with them to be destroyed, which is why the ones that Weiss featured in her book and presentation are so rare.

The photos Weiss discovered on her trip to the death camp escaped destruction due to one man’s efforts.

All the photos were from one transport that had arrived at Auschwitz from south central Poland. A leader of the Jewish underground he had been one of the first prisoners at Auschwitz, as a political prisoner, because he had fought against the Nazis. Because he had been there for some time, he could see transport after transport arriving loaded with Polish Jews, Weiss said.

“By the time this transport arrived…in August 1943, virtually all the other ghettos, not every single one, but virtually all the other ghettos had already been destroyed,” she said.

Seeing this, he told the teenage girls whose job it was to sort through all the things confiscated from the Jews to save the photos.

“He said to them, ‘if we can’t save the people, let us at least try to save their memories,’” she said.

“And that’s how 2,400 photos were hidden and saved. Not for a week, not even for a month, but for a year and a half from August ’43 to the liberation of Auschwitz, which was January ’45,” she added.

Weiss discovered the photos in 1986 when she traveled with a group to Eastern Europe, Czechoslovakia and Poland while it was still under Communist control.

She told of a gallery filled, floor to ceiling, on both sides, with broken shoes, about 30,000 pairs.

“These were the shoes that had been passed from somebody dead to somebody not that dead,” Weis said.

“The tour guide said the this is what was left in the last few days of killing when the Nazis ran the gas chamber around the clock. So many lives. They had survived everything — all the horror, all the brutality, all the beatings, all the starvation. They were alive and just to kill more they were thrown into the gas chamber,” she said.

“I’m generally a grounded person, who’s grounded in reality, but those shoes had such a profound impact on me. I kind of almost feel the souls of the people who had once been in those shoes,” she added.

It was when she became separated from the group she was with that an employee showed her the room with the photos.

Weiss shared the stories of some of the people in the photos in her presentation. Among them was the story of Benny, a young boy, whose parents sent him to safety, while they remained behind in Poland.

“I said goodbye, without knowing I was saying goodbye,” he had told Weiss as an adult.

Following the montage of 200 photos Weiss shared at the banquet, she said that she thought at one point her work was done. But, an elderly man coming up to her after one of her presentations made her realize there was much more to do.

“He pointed to that wedding photo…and he said these words, ‘I danced at that wedding,’” Weiss said.

“Instead of being done, the way I thought, I realized I had barely started. Unless I went back to Poland. Unless I somehow got access again to copy every single one that exists, the 2,400, I was leaving somebody’s mother, father, grandparents or siblings or friends, I was leaving them in that dark, locked room,” she said.

During the banquet, five people received citations for their work in the community. Barry Rake, the Rev. Gwen Bernstine and Allen Page III received Pickelner Brotherhood citation Awards, and John Brink and Ron Insinger, Ray Keyes Sports Awards. Two new awards, the Unsung Heroes Awards were given to Aly Creasy and her mother Kristy for the Aly’s Monkey Movement and to Paul Nyman.

In keeping with the mood of the evening, Weiss concluded her portion of the event by asking everyone to remember their loved ones by doing something good in their honor.

“Jews have a way of remembering their loved ones, of course with prayers, of course with memories. But there’s another aspect to the way we remember our loved ones, and that’s with actions,” she said.

“So, I’m going to make a request that together with your own loved people that you’ve lost that you try to remember one of these faces that you saw here tonight and in their merit, in their memory, that you do something good, something extra that you would not have done. Make a difference for somebody else. And I think by doing that each of us will create a better world, a kinder world and a more just world,” she said.

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